The possession and
pace seemed to favor Chesterton for 80 minutes of regulation, but a case of
missed opportunities stymied the Trojans in their first Duneland Athletic
capitalize on several opportunities in regulation, visiting Crown Point took
advantage and was able to tie the match late before winning 4-3 in a penalty
Chesterton sent two
of its missed PKs high and wide, including the possible game-winner.
“Nobody likes a
shootout unless you win it," Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. "It's
anyone's game in a shootout. Our keeper (Doug Filipek) made two good saves
and gives us the opportunity and we put two over the crossbar and don't even
make the keeper make a save.
“We have to be
better in those situations and have to handle the pressure better. Part of
that is on me for picking the right guys and the other is just the guys
doing their job when they're called up. You have to give credit to Crown
Point though for coming in here for an away game and leaving with a
Bailey Arthur put
the Trojans (5-2-2, 3-1 DAC) out in front almost immediately as he received
a through ball and placed a shot in the top right corner of the net past C.P.
goalkeeper Jack Mumaugh. Jack Eaton’s header a few minutes later off of a
throw-in was sent high over the crossbar as Chesterton narrowly missed
claiming a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes.
(2-3-1, 1-1) didn’t put a shot on goal until the opening minutes of the
second half and put a good few minutes of attack together until the Trojans
asserted their offensive will over the next 15 minutes.
free kick was saved in the 46th minute and minutes later his shot was denied
by Mumaugh and the rebound attempt was sent wide. Arthur looked to have a
shot at his second goal later on, but made the pass towards the middle where
it was sent away by C.P. defender Hugo Garcia.
After a few minutes
of steady attack from Crown Point, it was the Trojans who turned up the heat
with a plethora of chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
"In my opinion, we
possessed and controlled most of the game. We just weren't getting the
quality of shots we wanted,” Sensibaugh said. “We switched up what we were
doing and played different formations than we have most of the year.”
regulation goal came with 13 minutes remaining as the ball found Hayden
Eaton on a free kick and he deposited it past Filipek to tie the match.
Arthur gave the
Trojans another chance as he closed in on the keeper, but his pass was sent
away. With about three minutes to go, it was Arthur who found the back of
the net and appeared to give Chesterton a late 2-1 lead, but the Trojans
were whistled for a handball resulting in a red-card for an assistant coach.
"To me, it
should've never gone to overtime. We have to put those chances away,”
The Trojans will
travel to St. John next Wednesday for a DAC matchup with Lake Central. The
JVgame is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.